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With visitor numbers between New Zealand and South Australia continuing to soar, Air New Zealand has today announced it will begin flying the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft to Adelaide from October 2017
The Philippines’ leading carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB) received a new Airbus A330-300 aircraft last December 14, 2016, creating more available seats for our valued guests in time for the holiday peak.
fficially celebrating the extension of Liebherr-Aerospace China, guests gathered on November 4, 2016 at the Shanghai-based center for liaison and customer service, which has doubled its size to 3,700 m² (ca. 40,000 sq ft)
COMAC (Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd.) held a signing ceremony on November 1 at the Zhuhai Air Show with China Aerospace Leasing Co., Ltd. (CASLC) for 20 firm and 20 options of ARJ21-700 aircraft powered by GE's CF34-10A engines.
Hawker Pacific, the leading aircraft product support company in Asia, the Pacific and the Middle East is pleased to announce the first Australian order of a Beechcraft King Air C90GTx to the leading flight training provider CAE Oxford Aviation Academy.
Airbus and a Chinese consortium made up of China Aviation Supplies (CAS), Qingdao United General Aviation Industrial Development (Qingdao United) and CITIC Offshore Helicopter (COHC) have agreed to set up a final assembly operation
Today, at the Palais de l'Elysée in Paris, in the presence of the French President, Safran Aircraft Engines and Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M, part of the AIR FRANCE KLM group) signed a Memorandum of Understanding
Liebherr-Aerospace Lindenberg GmbH, Lindenberg (Germany) achieved a major milestone when delivering the first proof of concept prototype units for the Boeing 777X folding wing tip actuation system end of February 2016.
Jet Aviation Zurich spent months preparing for the surge of VIP customers that arrived in Zurich to attend the 46th annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting, held January 20-23, 2016 in Davos, Switzerland.
The implementation of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Border Management solution at all international airports in Vietnam has resulted in a 90 percent improvement in passenger processing times, and an 80 percent improvement in the quality of the data when compared to the data handled manually.
NokScoot has unveiled its aircraft livery together with its cabin crew uniform design. The low-cost long-haul’s Boeing 777-200 aircraft arrived at its home base, Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport, on November 23.
September 24, 2014 - Pelican Products, Inc., the global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance protective case solutions, is unveiling Pelican ProGear™ Elite luggage.luggage_group_all_colors_low_sm 3
GE Aviation has begun testing on its new composite fan blades for the GE9X, the next-generation GE90 engine that will power Boeing’s 777X aircraft. This validation test is the first of several testing programs GE has planned this year for the GE9X fan module.
As the world's aerospace industry gathers in Paris for Europe’s premier air show this month, Airbus can "project an image as the more-reliable 'jetmaker', despite the merits of the [Boeing] 777X design" with which the US manufacturer expects to compete against the European company's new Rolls-Royce Trent-powered A350 XWB, according to consultant Richard Aboulafia.
Last year, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 36 per cent of the worldwide market in value for composite production and 41 per cent in volume, according to Frederique Mutel, president and chief executive officer of the JEC Group, which is the world’s largest composite industry organisation, representing, promoting and expanding the industry.
Rolls-Royce has welcomed a decision by Singapore Airlines to select 30 additional Airbus A350-900 aircraft that will be powered by Trent XWB engines – the most efficient large civil aero engines flying in the world today.
European seat manufacturer EADS Sogerma launched its new Celeste narrowbody business class/premium economy seat during the show. Celeste is pitched at a minimum of 40 inches, with a single actuator or a G mechanism to a cradle relaxed position up to 45 degrees.
Australian operators of Robinson R44 helicopters faced being grounded at the end of April if they had not fitted their aircraft with upgraded fuel tanks designed to reduce the risk of post-accident fire. In early April, when the Civil Aviation Safety Authority issued the directive, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau had assessed that about 100 Australian R44 helicopters would not meet the service bulletin by the deadline.
Bombardier Aerospace is a very pragmatic manufacturer, having wisely responded to changes in the prevailing wind as it spent several years preparing to bring its latest commercial aircraft – the new CSeries (CS) narrowbody – to the runway.
Business jet manufacturer Gulfstream brought its super mid-sized G280 and the ultra-large-cabin, ultra-long-range G650 to the Avalon air show for the first time, with the manufacturer expecting the aircraft to be popular in the country’s growing business jet market.
Paced by the sales of light helicopters in 2012, Eurocopter India continued its leadership role in the Indian market last year – capturing a 70 percent share of the new civilian helicopter bookings and 43 percent of registered deliveries in this key geographical region.
Sichuan Airlines has leased an additional Airbus A330-300 from Intrepid Aviation. The aircraft, which will be delivered in the 4th Quarter of 2014, will be the third A330 Intrepid will be leasing to the Chinese carrier.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation has won an order "in principle" for 100 MRJ regional jets from US regional carrier SkyWest - providing a major boost for Asia's indigenous aircraft manufacturing sector and nearly doubling the MRJ order book.
Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhan said at Farnborough that the carrier is accelerating its disposal of Boeing 747-400s and looking to phase out its 777-200ERs within three years, possibly replacing them with Airbus A330-300s.
Boeing has shown off its new dual-feather winglet design concept for the 737 MAX, promising up to 1.5 percent fuel-burn improvement on long range flights, on top of the 10-12 percent already offered by the MAX.
18 months after she suffered an uncontained engine failure shortly after take-off from Singapore, Qantas A380 Nancy Bird-Walton has returned to action after one of the most comprehensive repairs in aviation history.
Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation (MITAC) has given details on its previously announced programme delay, which will see the first flight slip from the second quarter of 2012 to October-December 2013, and first delivery from first quarter of 2014 to the summer of 2015.
Qantas has selected CFM International’s LEAP-1A engine to power 78 Airbus A320neo aircraft currently on order for its Jetstar LCC subsidiary. The engine order has a catalogue price of US$ 2 billion, including spare engines.
Two Asia-Pacific companies - Fuji Heavy Industries of Tochigi, Japan and Ferra Engineering of Brisbane Australia - are among 16 firms or academic institutions honoured in Boeing's 'Supplier of the year' awards.
Rockwell Collins is to form a joint venture in China to develop surveillance products for the Comac C919 narrowbody. The joint venture is with Leihua Electronic Technology Research Institute (LETRI), a subsidiary of the Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC).
The Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine has taken to the skies for the first time, powering an Airbus A380 test aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft flew with one of its four Trent 900 engines replaced by a Trent XWB.
This year’s Singapore Airshow could be the biggest yet and, once again, gives the island nation a chance to highlight its aerospace capabilities and its strategic significance as an aviation hub, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Despite continued economic uncertainty in key markets such as Europe and the USA, demand for new aircraft remains strong – as evidenced by the order and delivery tallies just released by manufacturers Airbus and Boeing (see pages 26-27). Asia’s relatively healthy economies and pent-up demand in China and India are now more alluring to aircraft makers than ever, and all key forecasts for the next two decades show the region as the driver of the continued growth of the global aviation industry. This is encouraging news for the organisers of this year’s Singapore Airshow – the biggest event of its kind outside of Europe.
ontinuing concerns about the global economy have not stifled growth in demand for new aircraft, with Airbus and Boeing together collecting about 2,500 new orders and completing more than 1,000 deliveries in 2011, writes Ian Goold. Just hours after Boeing announced plans late last year to close down its plant in Wichita, Kansas, which dates back to the 1920s when it was the Stearman Aircraft factory, the city authorities were on the phone to rival Airbus, discussing possible expansion of the European company's facility there.
US investment-advice consultancy Bernstein Research believes that the new Airbus A350 twin-aisle twinjet may be delayed beyond the manufacturer’s latest schedule, issued in November. The European manufacturer revised its production timetable for the A350 XWB (an abbreviation of "extra-wide body") following delays in sub-assembly deliveries from suppliers in Europe and the USA, pushing the start of final assembly back from late 2011 to early 2012. The scheduled first-flight date for the initial A350-900 variant has slipped from late 2012 to 2013's first quarter, with entry into service (EIS) with launch customer Qatar Airways consequently delayed by six months, to the first half of 2014. Similarly, Bernstein has revised its own, more pessimistic, prediction of A350-900 EIS by some six months to mid-2015, having previously predicted delivery of eight A350s in 2014 and 50 in 2015.
Airbus and Boeing’s re-engined versions of their best-selling single-aisle jetliners face competition from a number of all-new designs, writes Andrzej Jeziorski. Airbus and Boeing have both been grabbing headlines and racking up orders with re-engined versions of their market-leading single-aisle aircraft families. With all the attention that has been focused on these manufacturers as Airbus’s A320neo and Boeing’s 737 MAX go head-to-head, it is easy to forget that both those models will be facing emerging competition from a clutch of all-new single-aisle jetliners.
From biofuels to efficient aircraft design to aircraft recycling – the global aviation industry is trying to be as environmentally friendly as possible. Emma Kelly reports on the industry’s green initiatives.
AIRBUS has transported the first A350 XWB nose section to its plant in St Nazaire from partner Aerolia’s site in Méaulte, using one of the manufacturer’s Beluga aircraft. The A350 XWB nose section comprises three main sub-assemblies: the cockpit plus upper and lower forward fuselage parts, which incorporate door one and the nose landing gear bay. Making the best use of modern, high-tech materials, the A350 XWB nose section is made of 40 percent composites, 55 percent aluminium/aluminium-lithium and 5 percent titanium. Once assembled and equipped, the nose section will be joined to the forward fuselage (made and equipped in Hamburg) to form the A350 XWB front fuselage.
According to European aircraft manufacturer Airbus, demand for new aircraft over the next 20 years will total 26,900 new passenger jetliners and more than 900 dedicated freighters, with the Asia-Pacific region as a major growth driver. The combined value of the new aircraft will be about US$3.5 trillion.
So we finally know the answer. For months now, it appeared that Boeing was unable to commit itself to a concrete strategy on the future of its single-aisle product, while Airbus racked up more than 1,200 orders for its re-engined A320neo in the nine months since the programme’s launch.
Connectivity and personal entertainment and communication devices have not killed off seatback in-flight entertainment and communications systems, as some had predicted. Emma Kelly looks at how IFEC manufacturers are planning for the future.
Boeing Commercial Airplane has been celebrating significant milestones in its latest Model 787 and 747-8 programmes despite having to tighten up its forecast for 2011 output. Ian Goold reports. A reduction in the number of Boeing 787 and 747 deliveries expected by the end of this year (down from 25-40 to 25-30) have prompted the US manufacturer to reduce its overall estimate for 2011 shipments to 485-495 commercial aircraft. Nevertheless, Boeing is approaching the end of the its third quarter on a high, with the handover of the first 787 to Japan’s All Nippon Airways (ANA) expected on 26 September, coinciding with the start of deliveries the initial four 747-8F cargo aircraft to Europe's Cargolux and Asian operator Cathay Pacific Cargo. Just over 600 days after the 787's maiden flight, systems function and reliability (F&R) testing was completed in mid-August, clearing the way for formal joint US and European certification by the end of the month (see news story, page 7). Enhanced engine performance is already planned for the 787 with development of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 "Package B" upgrade and a General Electric GEnx "performance improvement package" (PIP1) under way.
Airbus and Rolls-Royce jointly announced at an EADS event just before the Paris show that they would develop a more ambitious version of the A350-1000, with 97,000lb thrust RR Trent XWB engines, to meet customer demand. The aircraft will offer customers 4.5 tonnes more payload capability or 400 nautical miles of additional range than the original concept. Airbus Chief Operating Officer Fabrice Bregier said the jetliner could now match the capabilities of the 777-300ER, but with 25 percent greater efficiency.
Progress reports on the production of the first Airbus A350-900 were overshadowed at June\'s Paris air show by the confirmation of a two-year delay in the A350-800 and -1000 models scheduled to follow it.
In the past two years, Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier has tripled its 10-year forecast for business jet demand in China, and the company’s regional sales chief David Dixon believes those figures are understated. Andrzej Jeziorski reports. As a transportation group, Canada’s Bombardier has had a presence in China for half a century. The company has been involved in numerous rail projects, as well as supplying commercial and business aircraft to customers across Greater China. The company has established a number of manufacturing partnerships in the region. On the aerospace side, major components of the Q400 regional turboprop are being manufactured in Shenyang, while China’s aerospace industry is also a risk-sharing partner in Bombardier’s 100- to 149-seat CSeries single-aisle jetliner, which is expected to have its maiden flight in 2013. With an office in Beijing and a strong customer-s
Amsterdam-based Rekkof Aircraft – which trades as NG Aircraft – expects to involve Tier 1 aerostructures companies in its planned re-engined development of the Fokker 100 (F100) regional jet, says chief executive Maarten van Eeghen. The company has enlisted the help of Fokker Technologies, the former Stork Aerospace group that includes Fokker Aircraft Services, which is responsible for worldwide F100 fleet support. The latter is seen very much as the "housekeeper" of all things F100 and provides a link with the original design.
urocopter announced “a comprehensive evolution” of its helicopter product line at this year’s Heli-Expo 2011 exhibition in Orlando, Florida in March. The upgrades are intended to offer “enhanced operating capabilities, improved mission effectiveness and increased efficiency across four families in the company’s light, medium and heavy rotary-wing aircraft categories,” as the manufacturer responds to evolving customer needs, Eurocopter says.
The good news for airlines over the past year has been a resurgence in demand for air travel, as the world recovers from economic crisis. The bad news is that margins remains – in the words of IATA chief Giovanni Bisignani – “pathetic”. This means carriers must redouble their efforts to maximise the efficiency of their operations and fill as many seats as they can – especially in their high-yield premium cabins. One vital strategy they have had to pay increasing attention to is their aircraft cabin interiors.
Malaysian low-cost carrier AirAsia has modified its fleet plans to accommodate possible acquisition of the Airbus A320neo, thus joining a number of potential owners or operators showing interest in the re-engined aircraft.
By the end of the next decade, Asia-Pacific airlines – including those in China and India – will be carrying about a third of the world's passenger traffic, making the region the world’s largest aviation market, according to Chris Emerson, Airbus’s head of product strategy and market forecasts.
As of mid-February, Australia’s Qantas Airways was still mulling the compensation it would seek after November's grounding of its A380 fleet, triggered by the uncontained failure of a Rolls-Royce (R-R) Trent 900 engine.
Following November's Boeing 787 in-flight fire, emergency landing, and subsequent temporary grounding, Boeing has developed a temporary modification for its six test aircraft, which now have resumed test flying. But the manufacturer has also confirmed a seventh delay to the troubled programme, as Ian Goold reports.